“Teaching reading is best done with a child on someone’s lap. Teaching math is best done sitting near a student as they work through a text. Teaching writing is best done through sharing the joy of words on paper.” (p.63)
Oh, friends, I was due a reminder that teaching my children at home is a JOY! I often feel the weight of the responsibility and work and planning, but can quickly forget it is worthy of my excitement. Leigh says she realized that not only can she as a parent teach her children, but she is her children’s best teacher because she is their parent.
In Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home-Centered Education, Leigh shares the journey her and her husband took in learning to teach their children. Thankfully, for them and us, she discovered classical education and works to share her learning with us.
Here are some of my favorite snippets from the book:
“All of the educational models throughout history until the Enlightenment emphasized the idea of catechesis. It began with memorizing a set of facts and having the student echo the facts to a teacher.Then a discussion could begin that celebrated that information as God-given, and then used to initiate a student into a new world of thought. Knowledge wasn’t designed to be left on the mind’s grocery shelf.Instead,students need to pay attention to the many ways the rest of the ingredients at our disposal can be combined with new knowledge, so we may delight in preparing a nutritious recipe that adds the savor of Christ to our community. Holy laughter results from feasting on words and ideas with friends!” (p.89)
Through this life of learning, we celebrate our life’s purpose — to know God and to make Him known!
Echo in Celebration was good for my soul. If you’re in need of a pep talk or looking to understand why Classical Conversations is designed to work the way it does, check out Echo in Celebration. Remember, you can download a free copy.